Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Line

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Brake lines are metal hardlines that are found on virtually all modern vehicles. They serve as the piping for the braking system, which operates using hydraulic pressure. The brake lines take the fluid from the master cylinder down to the wheels, through the flexible brake hoses and into the vehicle’s calipers or wheel cylinders. Most brake lines are made of steel to withstand high pressures and exposure to the elements. However, over time, they can develop problems. Any problems with the brake lines become a problem with the braking system, which becomes a safety issue for the vehicle. Usually faulty brake lines will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that service may be required.

1. Leaking brake fluid

The most common way that brake lines fail is that they begin to leak. They are usually made of steel and capable of withstanding pressures. However, they can sometimes become worn or damaged as the vehicle is driven and are susceptible to leaks. Depending on the severity of the leak, when a brake line fails, brake fluid may quickly leak out when the brakes are applied.

2. Brake Warning Light comes on

Another symptom that may indicate this problem has progressed further along is an illuminated Brake Warning Light. The brake light will come on when the brake pad wear sensors are activated and when the fluid drops below a certain level. Usually if the brake light comes on in relation to a failed brake line, this means that the fluid has leaked out below an acceptable level and that attention may be required.

2. Corrosion on brake lines

Another symptom of a problem with the brake lines is corrosion. Corrosion can be caused by exposure to the elements. As it builds up, this can weaken the lines making them more susceptible to leaks. Corrosion on brake lines are more common on vehicles that are driven in snowy climates where salt is used to remedy icy roads.

As the brake lines are essentially part of the plumbing for the braking system, they are very important to the overall vehicle safety. Usually damaged brake lines will need to be replaced, and because brake hard lines are all made at specific lengths and bent in very specific ways, special tools and knowledge are required to service them. For this reason if you suspect that one or more of the brake lines on your vehicle may be having a problem, have the vehicle’s brake system inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if your car needs a brake line replacement.


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Rigoberto

9 years of experience
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Rigoberto
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Niles, Illinois
Rigo was great! He got there early, finished the job early, left everything clean. He changed my rear pads and rotors. The original quoted time was 90 minutes, he was done in about 60. He knows what he is doing and I am recommending him to all my friends and coworkers.
Mercedes-Benz C250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Chicago, Illinois
Rigo is a maverick hands down. Don’t take your car for work elsewhere. Especially great at Mercedes—this guy knows his profession! I will be using him for everything related to my car going forward.

Arturo

25 years of experience
35 reviews
Arturo
25 years of experience
Kia Forte - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
ARTURO is great! very professional , fast, replaced my front brake pads and oil an filter change. everything now works and works well. Brakes have much improved stopping power and engine is smooth and quiet.Arturo is also kind and thoughtful. "Your mechanic" is very fortunate to have Arturo Lopez represent your company. I enthusiastically recommend him and "Your mechanic> as a fine operation Best regards to the Team Peter Marto
Nissan Maxima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Arturo was prompt and completed my brake repair, including new rotors in a very efficient manner. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and the parts and will definitely look to have him service our other car in the near future.

Scott

32 years of experience
345 reviews
Scott
32 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Denver, Colorado
Always on time, speedy, professional, and pleasant to interact with. The work is always consistent and we'll done. I can't reccomend Scott highly enough!

Michael

10 years of experience
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Michael
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Nissan Sentra - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Conyers, Georgia
He was promptly on time and got the job done efficiently in a timely manner. I really appreciate the rapid respone on getting the job done! I would most definitely use this service again.

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